How does the Xiaomi Redmi Note perform against the Asus Zenfone 5?

Confused about which performs better - The Xiaomi Redmi Note or The Asus Zenfone 5? Make an informed choice with this elaborate comparison of specifications and features of both devices.

So the budget phablet is out, and it seems to have an impossibly low price tag. Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note hold up to scrutiny in comparison with the high standards set by its predecessors in the sub Rs 10,000 phablet market? After all, a low budget smart device is of no use if its capabilities are stunted. Here we take a look at how the Xiaomi Redmi Note compares to the Asus Zenfone 5.

First, the look, display and processor

The Redmi Note has what the market wants – a big screen and a low price at only Rs 8999, and the same MIUI software in other hottest selling devices by the Chinese brand like the Redmi 1S and Xiaomi Mi 3. It looks great, rather like the Redmi 1S with a glossy white rear cover. The removable battery is easy to take off. The body feels durable but the back cover tends to smudge easily.

In comparison, the Zenfone 5, priced between Rs 9,849 and Rs 10,399 has a tad smaller screen at 5 inches (in comparison to the Redmi Note's 5.5. inch screen). The Zenfone 5 weighs a little less too, at 145 grams in comparison with the Redmi Note's 199 grams. A point where the Zenfone 5 loses out is the fact that the battery is not removable. At the same time, the Zenfone 5 comes in a variety of colours – red, black, white, gold and purple, which might make it more attractive to some users.

Both phones have 1280X780 HD displays, so there is no comparison on the pixel count. A Gorilla Glass 3 coating protects both screens from scratches. The Zenfone 5, however, has larger buttons, icons and font sizes.

The Redmi Note has a 1.7 GHz eight core MediaTek MT6592 processor that apparently uses all eight cores for superior performance, which compares very well with other higher end phones in the market. The Zenfone 5 in comparison comes with a 1.6 GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor whose Hyper-threading technology compares well with other quad core devices. To sum up, the Xiaomi offering does not lose out much in processor efficiency or speed.

The Camera Performance

The Redmi Note wins hands down in specs with its 13 MP camera and 5 MP front camera in comparison with the 8 MP Zenfone camera and 2 MP front camera. Both cameras have LED flash, but the Redmi Note camera also offers auto-focus, FHD 1080p video recording, and HDR shooting mode. However, the shooting capabilities of both phones are more or less similar despite the vast difference in specs.

Battery, Software and Other Features

The Redmi Note has a better battery – 3,200 mAh – in comparison with the Zenfone's 2,110 mAh battery. It can last longer than a day with moderate use, while it is doubtful if the Zenfone's battery can last even an entire day.

When it comes to the software, both stand equal with personal choice determining which one will suit you. The Zenfone runs on Android 4.3 Jellybean upgradable to 4.4 KitKat, and a Zen UI that offers variations from the standard Android. The Redmi Note runs on 4.2 Jellybean with no news on upgrades, but a very user friendly Lite Mode in a MIUI version 5 interface.

The Verdict

Both phones are similarly priced, but if you are looking for a phablet with a powerful processor for high end applications, the Redmi Note is your best option. The Zenfone 5 is good for those okay with a smaller display, but a better build quality and display quality.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

Follow Juana or read 101 articles authored by Juana

Related Articles

Hands-on review of Xiaomi Redmi Note by Techulator

We got our hands on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G a few days before it was officially launched in India. Click here to read a genuine review with some Good, Average and Bad qualities of this device. This is a hands-on review of this smartphone after using it for a couple of days. Pictures included.

Complete Review of Xiaomi Redmi Note - Big and Cheap

Xiaomi is back with another product by the name Redmi Note. It has really surprised everyone with it's Mi3 and Redmi handsets, offering such advanced features for less cost. Even the Note has new features. This article gives you the complete review of Redmi Note.

Comparison between Xiaomi Redmi Note and Micromax Canvas A1 Android One

After setting records for selling smartphones within few seconds after their launch, Xiaomi is back with another brand new smartphone 'RedMi Note'. Its 3G variant was released on March, 2014 & 4G variant will be available from December, 2014 in Indian market. In this article, i am comparing Xiaomi Redmi Note with Micromax Canvas A1 Android One.

More articles: Xiaomi Redmi Note Xiaomi Smartphones


Guest Author: eric16 Dec 2014

I think Asus is better.

Guest Author: Rodrick17 Feb 2015

Thanks for sharing this article. Very good information. What is the latest version of Xiaomi Redmi and Asus company available in the market and what is price?

  • Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
  • No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
  • This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
  • Name: